Why study human nutrition?

Application Deadlines
Feb. 1* | April 15^
Dec. 15
May 1

*Freshman Priority Deadline
^Transfer Priority Deadline

Human Nutrition graduates are nutrition professionals skilled in applying the science of nutrition to help individuals, groups and communities in making healthy food and lifestyle choices. Through this program you'll be able to:

  • Demonstrate an accurate understanding of the science of normal nutrition;
  • Conduct needs assessments and develop nutrition interventions;
  • Employ effective teaching strategies for individuals, groups or through community education programming; and,
  • Understand the influence of socioeconomic, cultural, social, psychological and ethnic food consumption issues and trends to nutrition practice.

This program requires professional, supervised practice in human nutrition. After completing a B.S. in Human Nutrition, you'll be eligible to be a Licensed Nutritionist in North Dakota. This degree also prepares students for professional and graduate programs in health and nutrition.

Licensure laws for nutritionists vary from state to state.

Human Nutrition at UND

  • Complete 180 hours of supervised practice.

  • Work side-by-side with a nutrition professional in the community to gain hands-on work experience.

  • Participate in 50 hours of service learning for personal and academic development.

  • Join the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior or the Student Association for Nutrition & Dietetics to build your network of other nutrition professionals.

  • Become eligible to apply for licensure as a nutritionist in North Dakota upon graduation.

  •  Human health program that allows flexibility for students to take pre-requisites for graduate programs in health-related fields.

Human Nutrition Careers


Median annual salary for nutritionists

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Projected growth for nutritionists through 2026

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Human Nutrition graduates commonly find positions in a wide range of organizations, agencies and businesses, including, but not limited to:

  • Child nutrition or Head Start
  • Federal food and nutrition programs
  • Public health departments
  • Cooperative Extension Systems
  • The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
  • Wellness programs and fitness centers

Because of the strong background in science, graduates are well positioned for success in a range of graduate programs. Some UND Human Nutrition graduates successfully attend medical and dental schools, as well as programs for physicians' assistants, physical therapy and occupational therapy.

The Human Nutrition major is complementary to specialty certifications such as Non-Profit Leadership, personal trainer or dietary manager.

Human Nutrition Courses